Elon Musk and JB Straubel spoke on February 1st, in Oslo, Norway at a major Tesla event! It’s safe to say, Norway is in love with Tesla and they’ll be getting their fair share of Superchargers. The video you see above was played before the Q&A session with Elon.
Some major takeaways from the Q&A session (mostly paraphrasing):
- Goal is to drop cost/kYh by 40% for GenIII.
- Tesla will need 30GWh/yr of battery production for the Gen III – will need a Giga-factory.
- Version 6 of software will be adding real-time traffic and internet music.
- Full control over suspension, such as raising suspension in snowy conditions.
- 4wd Model S will most likely be built close to when Model X production has started or reached volume (probably end of first quarter 2015).
- Bigger seat upgrade for Model S likely a year away.
- 135kW at most Supercharger stations by the end of this year.
- Double the number of Supercharger stations in Norway.
- 100 additional Supercharger stations in Europe by the end of this year.
- Study has shown that energy payback driving a Model S happens in less than 10,000 miles.
- Most probably first to market with autonomous car (or autopilot functionality).
- Model X will have removable 3rd row seating.
- Model X will have proximity sensors on door that will analyze the environment and automatically stop before hitting the top of garage or roof.
- There will be space (ski-box?) inside Model X to store skis.
- Energy consumption for Model X will most probably be 10% greater per km as a result of greater frontal area and slightly higher drag coefficient.
This is encouraging news, and Tesla is actually still production constrained and therefore demand currently outstrips supply.
Tell us, are you thinking of ordering a Model S, or Model X? Or will you be waiting for the Gen III?